Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (21 April 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing.  Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Acts 4:5-12 - Peter tells the rulers and elders that his healing are in the name of Jesus the Nazarene - the stone the builders rejected becomes the cornerstone - this is the only name by which we can be saved..

Psalm 117 - The stone which the builders rejected becomes the cornerstone chosen / give thanks to the Lord for he is good / I will thank you for you have given answer / Blessed in the name of the Lord is He who comes .

Second  I John 3:  16-24 - We are already the children of God, but what we are to be in the future is not yet revealed.

Gospel: John 10: 11-18 - Jesus says "I am the good shepherd, the one who lays his life down for his people ... I know my own, and they know me".


The Good Shepherd.   Sacrifice.   Jesus' love for us.  Recognising God in Jesus.

Free-use artwork

See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Free-use hymns

A Charge to Keep I Have - Wesley
A New Commandment
A Tender Conscience - Wesley
Abide with Me
Ah Holy Jesu How Hast Thou Offended - Bridges
All For Jesus - James
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
All the Way my Savior Leads Me - Crosby
At the Name of Jesus
At the Name of Jesus Every Knee Shall Bow

Beloved let us Love: Love is of God - Bonar (1808-1889)
Blessed be the Ties that Bind / Blest be the Tie that Binds
Blest be the Dear Uniting Love - Wesley
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation
Christ is our Corner-Stone - Chandler

Dear Shepherd of Your People Hear - Newton
Draw Me Nearer ( I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice) - Crosby
Faithful Shepherd Feed Me - Pollock
Father Hear the Prayer we Offer
Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove - Wesley
Give Your Best to the Master - Grose
God Be with You Till We Meet Again - Rankin (1828-1904)
God of Grace and God of Glory - Fosdick (1878-1969) - free-use under USA rules 
Gracious Spirit Holy Ghost - Wordsworth
Great is Thy Faithfulness - free-use under USA rules

Have I Done my Best For Jesus? - Young
He is Lord He is Lord - Unknown
He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought - Gilmore
Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley
Here O my Lord I See Thee Face to Face - Bonar
Holy Fortitude (Am I a soldier of the cross) - Watts
How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine - Watts / Cameron
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

I Cannot Tell (why he whom angels worship)
I Will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley (1854-1952)
Immortal Love for Ever Full - Whittier
In Heavenly Love Abiding - Waring
Is Your All on the Altar? - Hoffman
It is Well With my Soul (When peace like a river) - Spafford (1828-1888)

Jesus Name of Wondrous Love - How
Jesus the Name High Over All - Wesley
Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley - Unknown
Jesus Where'Er Thy People Meet - Cowper
Jesus, Lover of My Soul - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Lead on O King Eternal  - Shurtleff (1862-1917)
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Alleluias of St James)
Let Us With a Gladsome Mind - Milton
Living For Jesus - Chisholm (1866-1960) - free-use under USA rules
O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley
O Sacred Head Sore Wounded - Bridges, trans from Gerhardt
O Thou in Whose Presence my Soul Takes Delight - Swain

Praise my Soulthe King of Heaven
Praise to the Lord the Almighty - Winkworth
Proclaiming the Universal Savior (Let earth and heaven agree) - Wesley

Rejoice the Lord is King!
Saviour like a Shepherd Lead Us
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above - Cox

The Church's One Foundation
The King of Love my Shepherd Is
The Lord's my Shepherd - Scottish Psalter translation
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy - Faber
Thuma Mina - Based on a traditional Zulu song
Thy Kingdom Come O God - Hensley
To be Like Jesus - Unknown
To the Name of Our Salvation - Neale

Victim Divine - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations - Nichol
Where He Leads me I Will Follow - Blandly (1849-?)
With God as Our Friend - Rosenius (1816-1868)

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Single Unmatched Stone - Troeger

Even Though I Walk Through the Valley Of the Shadow of Death - Redman (b 1974)
For all He Came, for all He Lived  - Jones © 2003
Gentle Shepherd - Gaither / Gaither
Gift of Finest Wheat
God When You Called Our Church By Grace(source) - Gillette
Good Shepherd we are not Alone(source) - Gillette
Grace Alone - Brown / Nelson
Here in Christ We Gather - Quinn
I Will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley

Jesus Shepherd of Our Souls - Kaan
Jesus we Know Your Love in This - Gillette

Lord Make us Servants of Your Peace - Quinn
Lord we Recall Your Words that Speak of Love  - Brown
Lord Whose Love Through Humble Service - Bayly
Lord You are Both Lamb and Shepherd - Dunstan
Love Each Other - Kendrick

Make Me A Servant - Willard
Put Peace into Each Other's Hands - Kaan (1929-2009)

Shepherd Me O God - Haugen
Shepherd of my Soul - Nystrom
Shepherd, Source of Our Contentment - Garland
Spirit Song (O Let ths Son of God Enfold You)
The Lord is my Shepherd (and I want to follow) - Boniwell
The Lord's my Shepherd - Townend - Townend

We are God's People - Leech
When I Was Lost You Came And Rescued Me - Simmonds / Simmonds
Ye that Know the Lord is Gracious - Alington

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